At my professional finance day job, most of the people that work for me know that I'm super into all forms of photography. They think it's cute, but I just smile and tell them "now get back to work!!" Yep, that's how I roll.
A couple of weeks ago one of my staff came into my office and my heart skipped a beat...he was carrying a camera. I quickly gave him my 100% attention. Well, he had a Canon EOS Elan II that he thought he got in college or high school, he couldn't remember but he wanted to know if I wanted it. He had zero use for it anymore, and couldn't remember the last time he had used it. Being the contemporary boss that thinks only of his staff, I felt obligated to help a guy out and take it off his hands.
Excluding my digital kit and a few film point & shoots, the Elan is one of my newer film cameras. Also, I only have 1 other Canon SLR, a TX. It's a good addition. When he gave it to me he included 2 Vivitar lenses, a 70-210mm f/4.5-5.6 & a Vivitar 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 macro. Hey, they were free.
I gave the camera a good going over, put in a new battery and it was super clean and ready to go. It's less than 15 years old and has been stored properly, so I had no concerns of the quality. The only issue was the lens. I wanted a fast prime, so I ran down to Roberts Camera. Groovy, I picked up a 40mm pancake f/2.8 for less than $75 and I was ready to go. Oh yes, while I was at Roberts I bought 2 packs of B&W T-Max
I've shot it several times since. First was a fashion shoot in studio. I played with it while shooting for a fashion magazine (in digital). Photos to come. Next I took it to Chicago and did some street photography with some C-41 B&W film
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